MSF returned to Benin in 2022 to address women’s health needs.
Our work in Benin
After an absence of 17 years, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) returned to Benin in 2022 to respond to gaps in health care caused by the deteriorating security situation in the north of the country.
What's happening in Benin
We opened a project in the department of Couffo, in the southwest of the country, to improve access to maternal health care, including sexual, reproductive, obstetric, maternal, and neonatal care. Our aim is to reduce illness and death among pregnant women and newborn babies, and provide better continuity of care between the community, health centers, and the hospital in the Klouékanmè-Toviklin-Lalo health zone.
How we are helping in Benin
In October, our teams started to provide family planning consultations, midwifery, pre- and postnatal care, treatment for victims of sexual violence, and safe abortion care for women who requested it. In addition, we trained and supervised health staff, and upgraded infrastructure by constructing an air-conditioned warehouse at the hospital to store medical equipment, and a water tower to ensure access to safe water for patients in a health center.
In 2022, we undertook two additional exploratory missions with the aim of opening a new project in the northern part of the country, which has been prone to attacks from non-state armed groups for almost two years.
How we're helping
Births assisted, including 190 Cesarean sections